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On language, and why it matters.

17 May

Yesterday, over at Karen Knows Best, I blogged about yet another Ellora’s Cave author who is asking her readers not to purchase the books she still has with that publisher, because she hopes to get the rights to her work back.

In her post she tells her story with this oh so shitty publisher–all without mentioning them by name, which kind of leaves me pondering¹–and then posts all her Ellora’s Cave’s covers.

So far, I’m nodding my head–good for her, finally speaking up for herself, and good luck on that.

Until I read the paragraph right below the covers.

Then, I saw red:

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Shame on you, NPR

11 Apr

Just over a year ago, I mentioned (in passing) the flap over a couple of white women writing a BDSM/romance fanfic about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.

For those of you who need to ask why the flap, allow me to sum up:

Thomas Jefferson was a white, wealthy slave owner.¹ Sally Hemmings was one of his slaves, also his wife’s half-sister, also his mistress for oh, about forty years–and also, it wasn’t until after his death that his heirs freed Sally Hemmings and her children; her children, who, in case you lost track, were Jefferson’s children too.

So, why am I bringing this up again?

Because, apparently, someone else decided that it was a good idea to write a novel that, again, presents continued sexual abuse of a child of color (Sally Hemmings was 14 when Jefferson first raped her), as a ‘relationship of equals.’

And someone at NPR decided to publish a pretty gushing review of it.²

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Calling bullshit on “unconventional HEA”

3 Mar

Some of my readers may remember that, once upon a time, I was addicted to the reader-crack that is the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Quitting it was a hard slog, and there were relapses, but J. R. Ward finally cured me, when she decided that killing off the heroine, after she and the hero finally declare their feelings for each other, was a ‘daring’ and ‘novel’ way to play the HEA card, and that that death was part of what makes her books–about vampires and other supernatural beings–so ‘realistic.’

:coughchokecough:

That was more than fine with me–she can write whatever the hell she wants, and I can not read it.

What’s the big deal, then?

Well, my problem is with the marketing of that book as genre romance.

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Who won? (EC v DA)

11 Dec

(See update at the end)

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorAs I mentioned the other day, I’m still following #notchilled, because there are still many authors and other contractors, who have not been fully paid for their work.¹

Tina Engler/Jaid Black has her own narrative–but then, she always has looked at things from a very…special point of view, hasn’t she?

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Update on the Dear Author/Jane Litte Defense fund

9 Dec

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorBack in March of this year, when Jane Litte revealed that she is also author Jen Frederick, some people who donated to the Dear Author defense fund were quite vocal about how the fund should never have been created to begin with, what with Jane being “rich.”

At the time, I waxed on and on about why it shouldn’t fall on Jane’s shoulders alone to stand up to a vexatious lawsuit.

People have the right to feel whatever the hell they want, about whatever the fuck they want to, but since Sarah Wendell (or perhaps it was Jane herself, that part is not clear) updated the fund page today, I want to post some quick numbers, and then leave it to my readers to decide whether it’s reasonable to expect any single person to shoulder the cost of a lawsuit designed to intimidate people and shut them up.

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Publishing Empire?

27 Aug

This is not really a post, just a note that I’m quite confused here.

This video interview was posted on Wednesday August 26th. I confess that I couldn’t watch it all the way through, because I find the whole gimmick¹ embarrassing.

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A couple of things on the EC v DA suit (the Ann Jacobs update)

22 Aug

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorAfter a few months of quiet, shit is getting real (h/t to Courtney Milan).

Ellora’s Cave author Ann Jacobs has filed a motion to intervene as a third party in the defamation lawsuit against Dear Author. Ms Jacobs also filed a counterclaim to the suit.

Courtney Milan is hosting both documents (motion to intervene, counterclaim), and she also explains what this means, here. Deirdre Saoirse Moen discusses her own perspective here.

I call your attention to the discussion, in Ms Milan’s blog, of what this motion by Ms Jacobs can mean for all the many–oh so many!–Ellora’s Cave authors, and other subcontractors, who can make the argument that the publisher breached its contracts with them. The fact that a class action against Ellora’s Cave, that would benefit people who have been mistreated–late payments, incorrect royalty statements and checks, derogatory statements by Tina Engler/Jaid Black about the very people who made EC succeed, and more–is legally possible…
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